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    e.13 crankset and stiction/friction

    How much is normal? Just installed brand new set and they feel a bit "snug". Just spinning them by hand they only make single rotation before coming to a stop (no chain installed). Bike sitting next to it that happens have no chain at all (shimano octalink cranks) spins much much smoother.

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    Did you add too many spacers by chance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lancelot View Post
    Did you add too many spacers by chance?
    I don't think so. I used two white plus the wave washer (on a pugs).

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    Hey;

    I would give it a few miles to let the seals wear in. There is always some friction in them, along with the grease (sometimes) and the tight bearing set at first, in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailMaker View Post
    Hey;

    I would give it a few miles to let the seals wear in. There is always some friction in them, along with the grease (sometimes) and the tight bearing set at first, in my experience.
    This is what I was thinking as a possibility as well.

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    Seems about right to me for a new crankset.

    As long as you followed the directions, don't have any tight spots, and they aren't snug (sounds like they aren't) I'd think this is about right.

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    I think mine were similar when first installed. Now after over 1k miles they spin just as easy as my xt's.

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    If your in any doubt about the correct amount of spacers you can remove them and then spin the cranks to see if the cranks spin more freely. Most likely the other guys are on point that they will loosen up with a few rides. I think mine were a bit tight when new but it's been awhile since I installed them but I don't remember them being as tight as you explained. They are a sweet set of cranks though and I think you'll really enjoy them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrontRanger View Post
    I don't think so. I used two white plus the wave washer (on a pugs).
    Two spacers and an e-type front der?

    Also, external bbs are much more sensitive to chasing and facing that xt octalinks (which essentially don't care about the bb facing since they are held concentric in one piece)...

    Could be a contributing factor...or could just be break in time.

    But important thing to remember, is that friction of a loaded bearing vs unloaded do not necessarily relate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregclimbs View Post
    Two spacers and an e-type front der?

    Also, external bbs are much more sensitive to chasing and facing that xt octalinks (which essentially don't care about the bb facing since they are held concentric in one piece)...

    Could be a contributing factor...or could just be break in time.

    But important thing to remember, is that friction of a loaded bearing vs unloaded do not necessarily relate.

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    One black spacer plus e-type derailleur bracket on drive side. One black spacer on non drive side. Cranks have two .5mm white spacers and wave washer on non drive side.

    BB was faced as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrontRanger View Post
    One black spacer plus e-type derailleur bracket on drive side. One black spacer on non drive side. Cranks have two .5mm white spacers and wave washer on non drive side.

    BB was faced as well.
    That all sounds right...

    So I would chalk it up to seal drag and not worry too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregclimbs View Post
    That all sounds right...

    So I would chalk it up to seal drag and not worry too much.

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    Sounds like a plan. Thanks everyone for the info.

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    Just noticed same on mine - after one winter season

    My E13 cranks take effort to move at all - zero free spin. Feel like I am dragging them through thick mud. I have three black spacers on drive side. I did not free spin them when new - but getting my Mukluk out for the season I noticed they are supper tight. I wonder if salt/corrosion has set in?

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